Judge Rules Ten Commandments Monument Must Go

The Ten Commandments memorial rests in the lobby of the rotunda of the State Judicial Building November 18, 2002 in Montgomery, Alabama. Protesters plan to gather in Montgomery August 14, 2003 and demonstrate against Federal Judge Myron Thompson’s order to remove the monument by August 20. (Photo by Gary Tramontina/Getty Images) | Gary Tramontina via Getty Images
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall.


Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker said in his ruling in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that the monument amounts to government speech and has the „principal effect of endorsing religion.“

Because of the context and history surrounding the granite monument, Parker said Bloomfield clearly violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. He gave a Sept. 10 deadline for its removal.

The suit was filed in 2012 on behalf of two Bloomfield residents who practice the Wiccan religion.

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